Qualcomm First 64-bit Mobile Processor Snapdragon 410 Coming in Q2 2014

Submitted by lalit on December 10, 2013 - 10:40pm.

Even though, Qualcomm executive called Apple’s A7 64-bit chip a marketing gimmick, the company has just announced that they will be following Apple and will launch a 64-bit chip in 2014. However, Qualcomm will target mid-range smartphones with their new chip rather than higher-end smartphones like Apple did with A7 chip.

The other interesting thing about the new chip is that Qualcomm will directly use ARM’s Cortex A53 CPU core in Snapdragon 410 and not their own custom-made ARM CPU core like they do in there high-end chips.The A53 architecture offers 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set, which Qualcomm’s custom Krait CPU doesn't offer yet.

The Snapdragon 410 will have new Adreno 306 GPU, support for 13-megapixel camera, 1080p video recording and LTE connectivity via MSM9x25 modem and RF360 Front end solution. This would enable smartphone makers to build single phone model compatible with most common LTE bands rather than multi-model approach required by previous generation chips.

Qualcomm will start sampling Snapdragon 410 in Q2 2014 and devices based on the new chip should come to the market in second half of 2014.